West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium

Doug Durliat, Director
Phone: (419) 995-8353
Email: durliat.d@RhodesState.edu
Office: 135 Keese Hall

The West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium (WCOMC) is a recognized asset for area manufacturers to address their skill training needs and for area residents to develop their skills for employment in manufacturing.  Area manufacturers, education institutions and other workforce development agencies created the WCOMC to provide training to area residents and meet the requirements for today’s manufacturing jobs. There are three levels of certification: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

The Basic Pathway is a 40-hour course including manufacturing terms and processes, math, computer work, workplace (soft) skills and safety.  Students are also graded on their soft skills in areas such as attendance and punctuality.  In addition, they create and work with Pareto diagrams, flow charts, control charts and root cause (fish skeleton) diagrams to become familiar with instruments they may use in an entry-level position.  Additional exercises with measurement tools, such as calipers and micrometers, have been implemented and an additional two-hour session has been developed to introduce students to Integrated Systems training.  In conclusion, students create a resume and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for financial assistance eligibility.  Students who successfully complete the Basic course are guaranteed a referral for a job interview with WCOMC member companies and receive weekly information on local job openings, job fairs and other employment opportunities.

Six Intermediate Pathway certificates in in-demand areas of manufacturing are offered including:

  • Electrical
  • Environmental-Health-Safety
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
  • Robotics and Operations Excellence

The Advanced Pathway is an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a manufacturing discipline.

For manufacturers, membership in the WCOMC gives them access to the records of the students who successfully complete any of the three pathways, assuring a skilled employee prospect for hiring. This pool of students reduces a manufacturer’s costs associated with hiring and training workers. Rhodes State College and the WCOMC are currently partners with the Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership which provides the products, services and assistance that are dedicated to the productivity, growth and global competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers. This partnership broadens the access of training and service programs to manufacturers in the region.

For more information, go to wcomfg.com

See www.RhodesState.edu/GainfulEmployment for additional information on certificates.

Intermediate Certificates

Electrical

CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
EET 1110Circuit Analysis I3
EET 1120Circuit Analysis II3
EET 1330 Digital Circuits4
IMT 1911Technical Math I3
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes3
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD4
OET 1100Operations Management3
Total Hours26

Environmental-Health-Safety  

CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
ENV 1000 Introduction to EHS Technology3
ENV 1210Environmental Laws and Regulations3
ENV 1300OSHA Regulations and Safety3
IMT 1911Technical Math I3
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes3
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD4
OET 1100Operations Management3
Total Hours25

Programmable Logic Control (PLC)  

CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
EET 1330 Digital Circuits4
EET 2030Motor Controls3
EET 2910Programmable Controllers3
IMT 1911Technical Math I3
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes3
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD4
OET 1100Operations Management3
Total Hours26

Computer Numerical Control (CNC)  

CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
FMS 2210CAM/CNC Machining I3
FMS 2220CAM/CNC Machining II3
IMT 1911Technical Math I3
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes3
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD4
OET 1100Operations Management3
Total Hours22

Robotics 

CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
EET 1110Circuit Analysis I3
FMS 2110Basic Robotics and Mechatronics3
FMS 2130 Industrial Mechatronics and Robotics3
IMT 1911Technical Math I3
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes3
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD4
OET 1100Operations Management3
Total Hours25

Operations Excellence

The completion of this coursework prepares students toward the Six Sigma Black Belt.

OET 1100Operations Management3
OET 1110Introduction to Operations Excellence3
OET 1120Tools of Operations Excellence 14
OET 2015Statistics for SPC 13
OET 2021Advanced Tools of Operations Excellence 13
OET 2120Quality Management Systems3
OET 2210Logistics and Supply Chain3
OET 2510Lean Systems3
OET 2970Cost Analysis and Estimating4
OET 2980OET Capstone3
Total Hours32

Portfolio Course

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Completion of this coursework prepares students toward the Six Sigma Greenbelt.

Process Operations Certificate

The WCOMC also offers a Process Operations Intermediate Pathway certificate through Rhodes State College and Apollo Career Center. The Apollo Chemical Operator program, a 12-week, 184-hour class, is a prerequisite before taking the FMS 2460 Process Tech Instrumentation and FMS 2470 Process Technology Equipment classes at Rhodes State College, unless the student has a minimum of one year professional experience in process operations. Persons may take the other courses in this certificate at Rhodes State College before completing the Apollo program. Apollo’s process operator class is offered on-demand in response to local industry. This certificate may be applied toward an Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) degree in process operations.

CHM 1110Introductory General Chemistry4
ENV 1000 Introduction to EHS Technology3
EET 1330 Digital Circuits4
FMS 2460Process Tech Instrumentation 13
FMS 2470Process Technology Equipment 13
IMT 1911Technical Math I3
OET 1100Operations Management3
Total Hours23

Portfolio Course

1

Apollo Chemical Operator Class is a pre-requisite unless student has minimum one year professional experience in process operations. The Apollo class is a 184-hour evening class offered on-demand by local industry.